Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

A century in wedding dresses; from the 20s cloche veil to the 50s full skirt and beyond

wedding-hero.jpg

Back in 1840, Queen Victoria said "I Do" to her German cousin Prince Albert, dressed in a white satin court train bordered with orange blossom.

It was a romantic gesture made to illustrate her status within the ceremony as an adoring wife, rather than Head of State in her crimson velvet robe of state.

It also kick-started a trend for white wedding dresses, especially among High Society brides, when hitherto the preference had always leaned towards coloured gowns in mauve, azure or pale pink.

Ever since then, the style of a wedding dress has acted as a savvy barometer of the rapidly changing world of fashion, in all its of-the-moment brilliance.

For her 1956 wedding to Prince Rainer III of Monaco, Grace Kelly wore a dress that drew together all the elements of Fifties style in one spectacular moment. The "peau de soie and lace masterpiece" consisted of a full skirt with a long-sleeved bodice and a matte red lip as the crucial finishing touch.

Then we had Princess Diana's 1981 ivory silk taffeta and antique lace gown designed by the Emanuels - a benchmark for the affluence and abandon of the 80s. 

Now the folks over at luxury hotel brand Fairmont have pulled together the evolution of the wedding dress over the past 100 years, with beautiful illustrations to match, in one handy infographic.

The infographic shows clearly how far wedding trends have changed in the past ten decades, with a detailed snapshot of tastes in beauty, fashion, flowers and more for each particular epoch. 

We've gone from this in the 1900s...

1990s

To this in the world of today...

today

While not every illustration will ring true with every bride who got married at that time (we're not convinced on the 2010 look), the infographic does at least provide a flavour of wedding trends for any given period over the past century.

And despite how far we've travelled during that time, the Pinterest-bred bride of today could take inspiration from a little bit of each and every wedding dress, from the Edwardian era through to the space age 60s, the androgynous 90s vibe and beyond.

Take a look at the infographic in full, below:


Wedding dresses through time

(Click on the infographic to enlarge)

Infographic

Related

562413_10151380824448365_1417106285_n.jpg

Why it’s time we modernised Asian wedding ceremonies

Solange Knowles gets married 1.jpg

The most extravagant and beautiful celebrity weddings of 2014

11232897_985195584845909_6834624984541788075_n.jpg

Bride's wedding day saved by kind strangers following Facebook appeal

Untitled-1.jpg

The #FollowMeTo travel Instagram couple get married

Italy.jpg

This is the country where marriages last the longest

rexfeatures_389866d.jpg

No more white; 30 beautiful colourful wedding dresses

Comments

More

Shoes to make you happy: fancy new footwear to click your heels in

Instant cheer

by Amy Swales
22 Jan 2017

Shop the 40 most extravagant pieces of jewellery under £100

What January blues?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
20 Jan 2017

Fashion designers write thank you letters to Michelle Obama

And not just because they don’t want to dress Melania.

by Moya Crockett
20 Jan 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

20 Jan 2017

37 Valentine's gifts you'll want to buy for yourself

Ditch hearts and flowers for stylish and interesting

by Amy Swales
19 Jan 2017

Why Amanda Seyfried won’t be wearing a white dress at her wedding

The actor is engaged – but she’s not interested in a traditional gown.

by Moya Crockett
18 Jan 2017

Naomi Campbell shares sweet tribute to Kate Moss on her birthday

"I love you wagon"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
16 Jan 2017

This week's Style List

From plant life to shirt goals

by The Stylist web team
15 Jan 2017

New Look have their own budget version of Prada’s new ‘it’ handbag

It’s the ultimate designer dupe…

by Kayleigh Dray
12 Jan 2017

Octavia Spencer on the joy of wearing trousers on the red carpet

“I was able to be freer”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
12 Jan 2017